LONDON — Shibu George, head of automation and electronics at Apollo Tyres (Hungary) KFT, will give the keynote presentation at this year's Future Tire Conference, taking place in Cologne, Germany, June 27-28.
In his address, Mr. George will discuss the "era of innovation" in smart factory manufacturing, and the on-going transformation from traditional operations to advanced, automated processes.
Mr. George also will touch on customer demands, and the importance of adopting a "fully automated tire handling approach" in his keynote speech.
"The fact is, earlier automation was needed mainly for increasing the productivity and consistent quality," the Apollo official said in an interview with European Rubber Journal, a sister publication of Tire Business and organizer of the conference.
"But now there are more reasons and areas to go for automation, including the need to meet safety standards, ergonomics, data management, as well as push by the OEMs and market."
As far as the greenfield tire plant in Hungary is concerned, the company has employed automation in areas including storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) for raw material, finished goods and warehousing.